Spanish version

March 8, 2009

from UFODigest Website


Conference and Public Forum

to be held in Dulce, New Mexico on March 29, 2009

Photo of alleged Level 12 Dulce Base

RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO - Norio Hayakawa is a resident of Rio Rancho who believes that wild rumors may not always bring a bad name to a community or hurt it. Sometimes they bring curiosity seekers, and even tourism may flourish. Take, for example, the city of Roswell.


And when it comes to the subject of UFOs, Hayakawa believes that there is a much more interesting area in New Mexico than Roswell.

According to Hayakawa, Dulce, New Mexico, a sleepy little town of less than 4000 (inhabited by the Jicarilla Apache nation), has attracted quite a number of UFO and conspiracy buffs ever since rumors surfaced in the mid-80s that a U.S./alien joint biological laboratory and base exists a mile under the town's Archuleta Mesa.

"This rumor has become so well known among UFO buffs around the world that anyone doing a Yahoo or Google search on Dulce, New Mexico would find the bulk of over 300,000 search results related to the alleged underground base," Hayakawa said.

Skeptical of such claims, Hayakawa, a retired funeral director, visited the town of Dulce in 1990 with the crew of a Japanese television program to attempt to document the existence of such an alien base.



The History Channel's presentation of the alleged

Dulce "base" controversy

As was expected, the new episode of the History Channel's UFO Hunters program ("Underground Alien Bases") which was aired on Wednesday, March 25, was quite interesting but too sensationalistic. Of course that is the nature of almost all UFO programs on TV. It is about making money. Therefore the more sensational the story is the better it is for the TV producers. Unfortunately this is the way it is.

I was an activist in the 90's on environmental issues. I became involved in investigating Area 51 in Nevada back then. My main issue with Area 51 in Nevada was the government's illegal burning of toxic chemicals in open pits at Area 51. I organized in 1998 a People's Rally at the perimeters of Area 51 to address the issue of the government's illegal burning of toxic chemicals at Area 51, along with the issue of the government's failure to erect a clearly marked fence at the perimeters, as well as the government's failure to place the guard shack right at the perimeter where it should belong.


But above all, my main issue was the issue of the government's refusal to compensate the former workers at Area 51 for the illnesses that they had contracted (when they came in contact with toxic chemicals) while working on the stealth program at Area 51.

Although the immediately results of the People's Rally was not seen, the government finally (a few years ago) admitted that there is an operating base at Groom Lake (click image right).

And a year and a half ago, the government, through the Department of Energy began the process of compensating the former workers at Area 51.

This shows the importance of citizens' groups that monitor the government's projects. Yes, I believe that citizens' watchdog groups are needed to keep up with oversight issues. There is an excellent organization called the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington made of citizens who are concerned about all these issues.

As far as the Dulce controversy is concerned, yes, there may be something there. The "underground base" story is most likely a story, perhaps concocted by the government's Black Projects programs.
I personally think that the government did experiment in bovine diseases research in the mid 1970s in the Dulce area as part of a biological warfare research.

In the History Channel's interview with Gabe Valdez, a former New Mexico State Patrol officer clearly stated that gas masks were found near the site of cattle mutilations, in addition to his statement that particular cows were marked (and tracked) in advance a few days before the mutilations took place. This has nothing to do with aliens.

I concur with his belief that the government staged a series of "UFO-type" incidents in Dulce during the height of its clandestine operations there.

#6 - Norio Hayakawa - 03/27/2009

Although he was unsuccessful in locating it, Hayakawa claims that he and the television crew were inexplicably detained by the police chief while interviewing the citizens on the street about UFOs and cattle mutilations.

Now, almost 19 years later, Hayakawa and a few UFO enthusiasts from New Mexico, California and Arizona, would like to clear these unfounded rumors. They are planning to have a one-day public conference in the town of Dulce next March.

It will be appropriately titled: "The Dulce Base: Fact or Fiction?"

Hayakawa likes to separate fact from fiction.

"There has not been any physical evidence whatsoever that there is such a base in or near Dulce," Hayakawa asserted. "However, when it comes to UFOs, many of the residents there are believers, since beginning around the mid-1970s and lasting till the mid-1980s, the entire town of Dulce was buzzed by frequent sightings of strange lights in the sky."

This is fact, according to Hayakawa.

Another fact is that many ranchers in the nearby communities began to report mysterious cattle mutilations and frequent sightings of military helicopters during that time.

Some Dulce officials, concerned about these incidents, attended the first Cattle Mutilations conference in Albuquerque in 1979, including Raleigh Tafoya, who was the chief at the time. This also is fact, not fiction.

Hayakawa believes that there could be prosaic explanations to both the UFO sightings and cattle mutilations, although he still doesn't have the answers.

It was during the mid-80s that wild stories of an underground alien base surfaced - and still continue to this day - so much so that the entire town of Dulce has almost become synonymous with the alleged alien underground bio-lab. The fact that Dulce is located only 100 miles northwest of Los Alamos provided additional fuel for the conspiracy buffs. According to Hayakawa, Los Alamos is the leading-edge research laboratory on human genome/DNA research in the U.S.

But again, Hayakawa likes to remain skeptical when it comes to "underground bases."

Although throughout the years the residents of Dulce seem to have taken all these strange rumors about their community with a grain of salt, Hayakawa says that he would like to restore some sense of normalcy to Dulce. This is the reason why he will host Dulce's first public conference on the topic.

Hayakawa is intent on dispelling rumors, once and for all, that there are such bases in or near Dulce.

Will the townsfolk of Dulce speak up at the conference? Will there be some new revelations about Dulce?

"It will be fascinating," said Hayakawa.

One of the speakers at the conference will be Greg Bishop, author of a book entitled PROJECT BETA. Bishop has thoroughly investigated the claims of an Albuquerque scientist by the name of Paul Bennewitz who was one of the initial sources behind the rumors of underground bases at Dulce and other U.S. locations.

The one-day conference, open to the public, will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Best Western Jicarilla Inn in Dulce.